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Press Club Appeals For National Burial For Late Biafra Warlord

Posted: Mar 2, 2016 at 8:09 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)
Emmanuel Udom
The Port Harcourt Press Club is appealing to the Federal Government to accord the late Col. Conrad Dibie Nwawo, who died on Saturday, February 27, 2016, a national burial, because he served Nigeria and the African continent meritoriously.
Nwawo died at his residence in Onicha Olona, Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.
Mr. Joe Ezuma, coordinator of the club, in a press statement on Wednesday, noted that Nwawo joined the Nigerian Army in 1950 and was commissioned an officer in 1954.
He was senior to the late Philip Effiong and the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, who got their commission as officers in 1956 and 1957, respectively.
He rose to the rank of colonel in the Nigerian Army before the outbreak of the civil war in 1967 and later found himself on the Biafran side, where he fought and rose to the rank of Brigadier-General.
Ezuma said: “One of the major foreign exploits of Colonel Nwawo is his gallantry during the United Nations-sponsored intervention in Congo, which got global media attention.”
Nwawo was among the few Igbos from the defunct Mid-West Region that believed in the Biafran struggle and fought on the side of Biafra during the 30-month civil war.